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John’s Happy Tales Report
3/6/17 Mostly Happy Tales From Inside And Around The FoG Kennel.

March came in like a lion, as the story goes, and with it a nice breeze and decent (sort of) cool weather. We’re hoping this holds until the weekend, we have finally scheduled a gathering for next Sunday at the Flamingo Nursery, my favorite place for gatherings because they have a really good little bar b que stand set up and along with the nursery, it’s a neat place to go on the weekend with or without your hound. We’ll be at the usual spot, along the side, under the thatched huts from 10-3 o’clock. The bar b que doesn’t open until 11, but that’s ok, you can hang out with the hounds or browse the nursery. It’s not a fundraiser, just a gathering, but we’ll have a couple adoptable hounds doing meet and greet, and some leashes, plain collars, worm kits (it’s that time of year), microchips, and whatever else Michelle can dig up. If you need something, give her an email and she’ll bring it out if she has it. Michelle and Scott have already made the arrangements and taste tested the bar b que, and said it was better than ever. So, if you are in the area next Sunday morning, please stop by, with or without your hound, even just to say hello. As always, we love to see our people, two and four legged. Don’t forget, it’s Flamingo Nursery, on Flamingo road, just south of 595 and north of Griffin Road, west side of the road, and on the side where you see the tiki huts.


We have two new items on the webpage this week, first, a list of dog food recall notices, in case you may have heard something about a recall and you want to check it out, we now have the list of the dog foods involved. Also, the training tip of the day, which may or may not be a regular item, but the first entry is ‘establishing a boundary’, graciously demonstrated by our old friend and alumni, Elvis, aka, Rock a by Jukebox [click here]. Annie has been out on a home trial with Billy, who was adopted previously to the same home. It is looking pretty good that they will become siblings or maybe even boyfriend and girlfriend. I don’t know if we have film at eleven, but we definitely have a nice picture of them on our website [click here]. We also have an update on one of our alumni, Small Frye, who went up to North Florida in the Sunburst project and ended up in Atlanta, where she found her forever home. Her new humans have her in agility training, where she’s just about to graduate and start competing in agility events. Who knows? If a greyhound can win a national title in show dogs, maybe we will have an agility champion in the near future. The versatility of these hounds never ceases to amaze us. Moose, one of our new arrivals, who is nothing like his name, will be delivered to his new home this coming Thursday. Beautiful dog, I knew he would be gone in a heartbeat.


On the home front, Kango is one of our special needs dogs, he was injured in a racing accident and was banged up. He’s still deserving of a loving home, but it will have to be one of those ‘special’ people with patience, love, and enough time to give him the attention he needs. Ralph is not a special needs dog, but he’s still been here too long. He’s just a big hunk of love and muscle. He lives to please people. He is also a jumper, not over things, but straight up. Has to be seen to be believed. You can visit Ralph and all of our inmates at our kennel, or if you live reasonably close to our area, you can even arrange for him or any dog to visit you at your house, and at your convenience, just contact Jerry or Michelle via email, phone, or smoke signal.


It was suggested that maybe we should have another black dog sale. We’ve done it before, because there truly is a ‘Black Dog Syndrome’, many people will avoid black dogs for whatever reason, no matter how irrational it is. Black dogs make beautiful pets, the same as all the other colors, the same is also true of the ‘special needs’ dogs. I can personally vouch for this, I have a black dog, and a dog who has a crushed skull and had a broken leg. Both dogs are fabulous loving pets, I could not ask for better. It’s what’s in their heart, and yours, that counts. We’ve had just about every situation over the years and they’ve all worked out, providing we get the right dog paired up with the right home. We appreciate everyone who takes one of these dogs into their homes and hearts, but speaking for myself at least, I think we really have special love and respect for those who take the ones that most everyone else would pass up. Again, we love and appreciate everyone who saves a dog’s or even a cat’s life, but the ones that take the ‘special’ animals are special people.

Ok, before this becomes a novel, we must terminate. We’re working on a gathering for those southern people down in southern Dade. Way down south at the Dog Dude Ranch. No food, but probably some drinks at least, and a nice fenced in area where the hounds can run around. More on that later as it develops. In closing for the week, if you take a look and find you are interested in Ralph, PJ, or even Kango, as an incentive under the black dog syndrome rebuttal act, you might even find that you can adopt them for maybe $175 instead of the standard $225. I can’t guarantee it, but if you mention it to Michelle, it might come to pass, so for those of you who are financially motivated and looking for a greyhound, remember, black is beautiful, and even more so when you save fifty bucks too. Have a greyt week, don’t bite anyone.

Meetup @ Flamingo Road Nursery

Sunday, March 12, from 10 AM until 3 PM
At the Flamingo Road Nursery, 1655 Flamingo Road, Davie
(Click here for driving directions.)
Lots of parking and you can wander the grounds, check out the farmer’s market
and look at lots of plants, fountains and wind chimes!
Join FoG at the big shady tables & seats by the BBQ stand.
They have food, drinks & reasonable prices.
All leashed greyhounds are welcome.